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Beatriz Mendoza, Chief of Staff

 

Beatriz Mendoza was born in Ajuchitlan, Guerrero, Mexico and came to the U.S. at the age of 6. She is one of seven children. Her mother, Victoria, is the greatest example of a hardworking woman. She raised seven children on her own because Beatriz’s father passed away when she was only three years old and she continues to work. Her mother Victoria set an example of volunteerism early on. She has volunteered at her church for over 20 years, cooking food in order to raise funds. Beatriz has worked for notable individuals like State Senator Joe Dunn (retired), Attorney Jess J. Araujo, Attorney Alfredo Amezcua, the U.S. Census Bureau as a Partnership Specialist Team Leader, Delhi Center as the Director of Community Engagement and, most recently, she was the Senior Field Representative for U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (retired). She has also worked and volunteered on several political campaigns.In 2015, Beatriz was recognized by Senator Lou Correa with the “Women Making a Difference”. In November 2016, she was a recipient of LULAC’s Council #147 “Woman of the Year”. Most recently, she was once again honored by (now) Congresswoman Lou Correa as a “Woman of Distinction”. In May of 2018, she was recognized with the Mother’s Day Special Honoree Award by the Premier Women’s Council, a non-profit organization which raises money for scholarships for students. Lastly, in April of 2018, she was recognized by the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Beatriz lives in Santa Ana with her three lovely children, Andrew, Vanessa and Cesc Alexander.

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Kimberly Fuentes, Research Director

 

Kimberly graduated from California State University Channel Islands with a Bachelors in Political Science and a minor in Chicano/a studies. She graduated as a Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors inductee. For three years, she served as a Model United Nations Delegate. Through these Model UN conferences, she engaged in research and discussion on the global community’s most pressing issues and was recognized for her work with two Position Paper awards. Throughout her four years, she served as a University Experience Associate where she helped students transition into their first years at the university. This program has been recognized for increasing the retention and graduation rates of incoming students at the university. In 2015, she was chosen as the CSUCI representative to serve in a Congressional office. Through the Leon Panetta Institute Congressional program she worked on Capitol Hill in the office of Congress Member Alan Lowenthal. She has been proactive in serving the Latino community through advocacy. She hopes to be able to help advance her community in a positive way throughout her career endeavors.